Create a Coastal Chanukah Tablescape

North Kingstown entrepreneur and party planner shares how to add 401 style to your holiday


This year, fingers crossed, it looks like holiday dinners beyond our own households just might be a thing again, but no matter how large or small your gathering, it’s always fun to create a themed tablescape. Begin with a modern approach by constructing your own menorah –
the candelabra that is the centerpiece of the observance – which requires eight candle holders and one more for the “shamash’’, the candle used to light the others. For the menorah shown, tapered candles were inserted into floral foam, but for a more eco-friendly option, fill a narrow tray with sand. The traditional colors of Hanukkah are blue and metallics, but grays and bright pops of buttercup yellow add flair and whimsy.

The blue, gray, and yellow colorway continues with silver chargers, bowls, and gold plates. A table runner with a Hanukkah candle motif in a modern pattern creates movement and direction for the setting. Clear dreidels filled with chocolate coins are a playful touch.

When preparing a tablescape, look no further than where you live for accents and color inspiration. A chilly walk on the beach is sure to provide ideas for colors and you may even find a few accents along the shoreline.


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